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Professor Ian Fussell

Professor Ian Fussell

Associate Dean of Education

 Medical School Building F.02


Medical School Building, St Luke's Campus, Magdalen Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Ian has worked in Cornwall as a doctor since 1990 and for the Medical School since it first opened in the South West 19 years ago. He was the Deputy Medical Director for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust with responsibilities including oversight of the GP Performers List, serious untoward event investigations, leading the regional GP Appraisal Team and quality monitoring of general practice. He has been a member of the national Revalidation Development Team and a Cabinet Member of the Association for Medical Humanities.

Until 2018 he was the BMBS Community Sub Dean in Cornwall, the Clinical SSU Lead and a module lead on the MSc in Clinical Education in Exeter. He was appointed as the Associate Dean for Education for the College of Medicine and Health in March 2019 following 5 months as the interim Vice Dean of Education.

Ian is a clinician working as a GP in the Emergency Department at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, having been a GP partner for over 20 years. 

He is interested in the use of IT in Medical Education, Global Health, and Event Medicine. He organises teams of medical students to help provide first aid care at Glastonbury Festival and supervises students visiting a medical school in Ethiopia where he helped establish a link. He is a trustee of a charity helping bring fresh water to the region in conjunction with the Red Cross.

Ian is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Professor.


  • BMBS
  • BMedSci(Hons)
  • PGCE



External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

Medical Schools Council Board Member 

MSC Clinical Staffing and Employment Sub-Committee member

Reviewer for Clinical Teacher


External Examiner Positions

Year 5 Exeternal Examiner for Imperial College Medical School, London

Year 5 External Examiner for Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore



  • Academic Tutor
  • Specialy Study Unit (SSU) provider in Medical Humanities (Medical School of Rock)
  • Lectures/Workshops/Tutorials throughout the BMBS programme



Supervision / Group

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